University of Denver forward Troy Terry heading to 2018 Winter Olympics

Esther Moore
January 2, 2018

Also named among the one goaltender, eight defensemen and 14 forwards were former Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski, who last played an National Hockey League game in the 2015-16 season; former Nashville defenseman Jon Blum of Rancho Santa Margarita, who is playing in Russia's KHL; and 20-year-old Ducks forward prospect Troy Terry of the University of Denver.

Other three-time Olympians on the team are Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who began their college careers with the Gophers before transferring to North Dakota; former Wisconsin forwards Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight; and defenseman Kacey Bellamy, who played at New Hampshire.

Team USA began pre-Olympic play on October 22, going 5-1 out of the gate before losing four straight games -two decided in overtime - to perennial rival Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion.

This isn't a rag-tag bunch of college kids like the 1980 "Miracle On Ice", the last time the USA men's hockey team won the Olympic gold medal. Since 1998, the US has won three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006). The initial US roster includes the admittedly "semi-retired" Gionta, three players from the AHL in Bourque, Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, four from college and 15 now playing in leagues across Europe.

Erie native Ryan Zapolski has been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey team as goaltender.

"Obviously from a selection process it's been a real battle for us", coach Tony Granato said.

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The team is led by general manager Reagan Carey with head coach Robb Stauber, associate head coach Brett Strot and assistant coach Paul Mara. Henrik Lundqvist, who has been in goal for all four of the wins, stopped 31 shots to help the Rangers improve to 6-2-3 in their last 11 overall.

Photo Cayla Barnes, left, 18, is the youngest member of the women's team.

The Winter Olympics are due to be held from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang.

The NHL announced previous year that it would not suspend its season to accommodate the Olympics, effectively blocking the league's top global stars from playing in South Korea.

The women's Olympic team will be looking to secure their first title since their Olympic debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, whilst the men will be hoping to simply finish on the podium after failing to do so at Sochi 2014.

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